October 20, 2007 Subject:
Nice Big Sheds
Surely there's a reason Meccano houses didn't catch on? How about subsidence, thermal innefficiency? Surely all that nailing and screwing into thin joists will allow rust ingress? I think I picked up that this was a Navy installation? Well, cool homes for tomorrow, perhaps. Come the winter... or the winter 10 years hence and I'm not so sure.
Be great to see a sequel 10-20 years later. Btw, self tapping screws!!! rotflol!
April 19, 2007 Subject:
A dated curiosity
Actually a 1945 infomercial for steel housing frames. Drags at times. Their product did not become as popular as they thought.
April 27, 2004 Subject:
Pretty interesting film about the wonders of steel framing for housing, something of which was introduced in 1933 and STILL is somewhat debated of whether it is a good idea or not. From what was shown here, the framing was almost Mecchano style, with homebuilders able to construct "with nly screwdriver"/ I don't know about you, but such quick homebuilding and snap together fundamentals makes me sorta nervous. All of this homebuilding was done for Mr and Mrs G.I. (check out the cane, a bizarre sight for all of the G.I.-coming-home films ever produced). The main focus of this film is "actual home movies" shot by a contruction firm. The guy who introduces it, concludes by saying, ""The proof of the pudding, they say is in the eating. And that particular type of pudding, tastes right nice to us!" One look at this guy, and you'll make the assumption that he enjoys all the pudding he can get. :)